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WWW Wednesday #6

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great week! Now that I have more reviews coming out, I will have the review linked in the title if it’s available!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking On a World of Words. It’s a meme where every Wednesday, we talk about the 3 Ws!

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Wrap Ups and TBR

April Wrap Up: The one where I could have read more if I focused

I can’t believe how fast this month went. I feel like I just got started blogging again and trying to get my bookish life, eh, who am I kidding, my real life together. This month was a struggle. I feel like I set the bar a little too high and I came down a little too hard on myself for it.

My hope for May is that I can get a better schedule going for myself and to start creating better habits. You know, ones that don’t involve zoning out on my phone or iPad.

I didn’t do terrible, but I know I could have done more if I wasn’t wasting so much time.

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What If It’s Us 2.5 ⭐

The Trail of Lizzie Borden 3 ⭐

The Raven’s Tale 3.75 ⭐

Descendant of the Crane 4 ⭐

Romanov 4.5 ⭐

White Stag 3.75 ⭐

With the Fire on High 5 ⭐

7 books isn’t too bad! I am hoping to read even more in May, because it will be nice to have my backlist ARC’s out of the way.

I hope everyone had a great reading month in April!!

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Reviews

ARC Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

fireTitle: With the Fire on High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: May 7th 2019
Genre: Contemporary,Young Adult
Length: 400 pages
Synopsis: (Goodreads) With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

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Wrap Ups and TBR

May TBR

This month is going to be awesome!!! There are some great releases that I am looking forward to, my baby sister is getting married, and I am going to be embarking on my own weight loss journey, but I can talk about that later! We are here to see the books!

I have learned a lot about myself in April. If you remember, my April TBR, there were a lot of old ARCs that I wanted to get to. I got through two, plus one that I had started in March, but didn’t finish until April.

I will get into more detail in my wrap up, but I did manage to stay current on the things that I have going on now and that makes me so happy.

I realized that I might have been relying too much on audiobooks and struggled to get through physical books like I did audio. I also was having a lot of trouble staying off my phone and other random stuff and just reading. That is going to be something that I try and work out in May. I would like to read more then just the ARC’s I get and to do that I need to be able to focus! Just going to take some time I think to create new habits.

Anyway, let’s get into this months TBR!!! I did break these down in to sections, more for my organization, but also thought it would be a bit easier to go read through.

BACKLIST ARCs:

➡ Furyborn by Claire Legrand: Release Date May 22nd 2018

➡ Evenfall by Gaja J. Kos and Boris Kos: Release date October 30th 2018

➡ A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel: Release Date Feb 8th 2019

➡ The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson: Release Date Nov 6th 2018

➡ Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky: Release Date Nov 6th 2018

➡ Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson: Release Date Dec 4th 2018

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I am going to do my best to get through most of these this month. I set an unrealistic goal to read everything in one month. I did mean when I said that I want to get through these old ones so I can keep moving forward, but I want to make sure that I am still taking my time to enjoy and do things right.

UPCOMING ARC RELEASES:

➡ Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin : Release Date: June 4th 2019

➡ The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad : Release Date: May 14th 2019

➡ I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver : Release Date: May 14th 2019

➡ The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos : Release Date: May 28th 2019

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I am so so excited about all of these ARCs! I can’t wait to start them this week!

The last thing on my main TBR is the Dragons and Tea book club pick for the month of May which is…

➡ Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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There is a read a thon that I might be participating in, but I am going to make a different post about that if I decide I can join. None of the books I have here (except one) would really work, so I’d have to add some and I’m not sure how these 11 things are going to work out!

Wish me luck!

Link your TBR’s below so I can see what you are reading in May!!

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Reviews

ARC Review: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

DescendantTitle: Descendant of the Crane
Author: Joan He
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release date: April 9th 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 416 pages
Synopsis: (Goodreads) Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

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